Here are a few videos, as well as songs and anecdotes from my recordings, Encanto: Art Songs of Spain and Latin America and Seven Sacred Songs. I also made these with my friend and colleague, pianist Lurray Myers.
La rosa y el sauce is a beautiful piece by Argentinian composer, Carlos Guastavino. It tells the tale of a rose that grows happily alongside a willow tree. Along comes a cute little girl, who snaps up the rose. The willow tree, who had fallen in love with the rose, is inconsolable at his loss.
The first of the two songs by Montsalvatge that I’ve chosen to share is a lullaby. The second is a fun, rhythmically driven piece about a man who has enjoyed the drink and dances around on one foot!
Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito from Cinco Canciones Negras by Xavier Montsalvatge
Canto negro from Cinco Canciones Negras by Xavier Montsalvatge
I am particularly proud of the following recording. It is part of Seven Sacred Songs that was recorded during the week ahead of Easter in April 2014. This is one of my favorite pieces to sing, ever.
Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Panis Angelicus from Messe à Trois Voix, Opus 12 by César Franck
This video is from a few years back….it is an art song by one of my favorite French composers, Francis Poulenc. Fastest French song, ever!
Also quite fast, and high! From the Chansons de Ronsard by Darius Milhaud.